Your Guide to Healthy Eating : Preparation
Cooking in large quantities is an excellent way for you to have healthy foods at your fingertips.
Cooking large amounts of soups, casseroles, chilies and pasta will save you a lot of time during the week.
You can even make double or triple batches of certain staples in your diet.
This will allow you to freeze them and use them later.
This saves you both time and money.
When you freeze your leftovers, be sure that you label your containers with freezer tape and permanent marker.
This will allow you to rotate items wisely and keep the older foods near the top.
This also allows you to avoid waste by not having to throw out foods that have expired.
Stock up on meats when they are on sale and then divide them up into individual serving portions for your family.
For example, if you buy 5 pounds of ground beef, separate it out into 5 one-pound servings for your ground beef recipes.
You can also divide up your chicken breasts, turkey, steaks, roasts and pork chops.
If you are going to have pork chops one night, all you have to do is pull them out of the freezer and allow them to thaw while you are at work.
When you get home you can cook them up on the grill and sauté up some fresh veggies.
A well-stocked pantry is also important.
Keep a good supply of the staples such as canned veggies, fruits, soup stocks, etc.
These will help you prepare your meals much more quickly, especially when combined with your stocked freezer.
This also allows you to save time and money.
Other items that you can stock up on include:
- Whole grain cereals
- Tomato sauce
- Baked beans
- Canned salmon
- Whole grain breads